BDO World Championship Day Six schedule, preview and predictions: Hogan returns after mesmerising display
As we draw ever-closer to finding out who will be crowned world champions, another intriguing day awaits at London’s Indigo at the O2.
Wayne Warren, Chris Landman, Scott Waites, Scott Mitchell and David Evans have already sealed their places in the quarter-finals, with six more men vying to do so on Thursday.
Defending women’s champion Mikuru Suzuki also returns to the stage, as all four ladies’ quarter-final matches take place.
CORRINE HAMMOND VS LAURA TURNER
Both Corrine Hammond and Laura Turner were far from their brilliant best in their opening round match, though, the duo produced what was needed to progress to the quarter-finals.
Hammond, who needed to come through the play-offs in order to qualify for her fifth consecutive World Championship, defeated Sweden’s Vicky Pruim in the first round.
The former world finalist was due to take on Fallon Sherrock in the first round, having been beaten by the Queen of the Palace in her previous two appearances. However, thanks to Sherrock’s withdrawal, she avoided a third successive rematch.
37-year-old Hammond averaged below the 70 mark in a well below-par performance, however, she breezed into the last eight, despite missing a grand total of 24 darts at the outer ring.
A likewise under-par display was on offer from Turner – who was in the Sky Sports punditry seat during the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.
Similar to that of Hammond, the Londoner squandered 19 darts at double, and averaged just spare of 65.
Turner met Hammond three times in competition last year, with the former winning all three encounters, including two semi-final clashes in Switzerland.
Prediction: 2-1 Turner
JIM WILLIAMS VS RYAN HOGARTH
After lifting his illusive maiden major title at September’s World Trophy, Jim Williams will be looking to double his major tally with the latter stages of the 43rd BDO World Championship quickly approaching.
Williams, who defeated Richard Veenstra in Blackburn to lift the aforementioned crown, survived a scare at his opening hurdle, with Scotland’s Gary Stone coming close to victory.
The Welshman was taken to the distance against the reigning Swedish Classic champion, with 28 legs being played during a closely contested, but elongated affair.
A mid-eighties average and seven maximums was enough to move Williams into the last 16 for the fifth year on the bounce.
His opponent, Ryan Hogarth, oversaw a brief comeback from France’s Thibault Tricole on Tuesday evening to progress to the last 16 for the first time.
Serbia’s Oliver Ferenc did for the Scotsman last time around as he was ousted at his first hurdle, though, there were no no such disappointments for Hogarth on this particular occasions.
The Dutch Open runner-up pulled off the right things at crucial times in his second round clash against Tricole, but will need to raise the ante when facing the rightful favourite to be crowned world champion on Sunday.
Prediction: 4-1 Williams
AILEEN DE GRAAF VS BEAU GREAVES
Beau Greaves produced some mightily impressive composure in the biggest match of her life, as she pulled off a straight sets victory over debutant Tori Kewish on Saturday evening.
Greaves, who turns 16 as she takes to the O2 stage for the second time, clocked a 80.37 average and 55 per cent of her attempts at the outer ring, during a simply scintillating showing.
The Doncaster youngster became the youngster ever female participant, after claiming nine senior crowns during a breakthrough year for the prodigiously-talented darter.
She faced an Aussie who will most certainly push her to the limit in the coming years, however, in the quarter-finals, she takes on one of the very best in the women’s game.
Aileen de Graaf will be hoping to seal the women’s triple crown on Saturday evening, having prior to this tournament lifted both the World Trophy and the World Masters.
The Dutchwomen was far from impressing in the first round as she narrowly fought off the valiant Kirsty Hutchinson to prevail.
De Graaf, who was a Dutch Open finalist and champion in Belgium and Germany last year, sits one place below her 16-year-old opponent in the world rankings.
Greaves has beaten de Graaf on three occasions, including a victory in the semi-finals of the England Open, with her only defeat at the hands of the 29-year-old coming four years ago.
Prediction: 2-1 Greaves
LISA ASHTON VS LORRAINE WINSTANLEY
Two major champions collide in a Thursday filled in abundance with women’s matches at the O2 entertainment complex in Greenwich, as four-time world champion Lisa Ashton locks horns with former world master Lorraine Winstanley.
Ashton and Winstanley have clashed 26 times during their time at the top of the women’s game, with wins being equally shared between the two.
They’ve met in the finals of the BDO-ranked Czech Open, England Matchplay, Welsh Open, Hal Open, Dutch Open and Muensterland Classic within the past six years, with their only encounter in 2019 going the way of Winstanley.
Ashton didn’t drop a leg in easing past Greek Open champion Paula Jacklin in the first round, while Winstanley defeated Casey Gallagher in a similar straight sets fashion.
Prediction: 2-0 Ashton
DENNIE OLDE KALTER VS MARIO VANDENBOGARDE
Mario Vandenbogarde’s lifted the curtain on the 43rd BDO World Championship on Saturday afternoon in London, with that particular occasion possibly beginning to seem like a different tournament six days later.
Both Belgium’s Vandenbogarde and his third round opponent, Dennie Olde Kalter of the Netherlands, averaged in the high eighties in their opening match.
The Belgian thrower whitewashed a valiant Sebastian Steyer in the second round, pinning nine of his 17 attempts on the doubles, while Kalter survived a Nick Kenny comeback, narrowly defeating the Welshman in the deciding set.
Vandenbogarde, who took a significant break from the sport, returned in 2018 and has since lifted both the German Open and the Luxembourg, whilst rising to the top echelons of the BDO rankings.
His Dutch opponent reigned victorious at the prestigious British Classic in September, defeating Dave Parletti in the final.
Prediction: 4-2 Vandenbogarde
MIKURU SUZUKI VS ANASTASIA DOBROMYSLOVA
Despite having lifted the prestigious Women’s World Championship title in January, Mikuru Suzuki has never beaten Anastasia Dobromyslova in a BDO-ranked tournament of any accord.
Suzuki, who defeated Lorraine Winstanley to form a piece of history 12 months ago, departed in the semi-finals of both last year’s Denmark Masters and the Welsh Classic at the hands of Russia’s Dobromyslova.
36-year-old Suzuki was forced to come from behind to deny Maria O’Brien in the first round. She was whitewashed in the opening set, though, from there the Takamatsu-based darter was in dominant form, averaging 84.92 and pinning two maximums during a solid showing.
The Japanese sensation will be hoping to retain her world title, and ensure that it’s reinstated on Japanese soil. If she were to do so, the miraculous Suzuki would become just the fourth women to successfully defend their crown.
Dobromyslova will have most certainly have other plans. Despite a rather poor first round performance, the Ellesmere Port-based ace will have her sights firmly set on winning a fourth world crown.
‘From Russia with Love’ averaged just 64.51, pinned just two scores of above 140 and squandered 36 darts at the outer ring during her first round victory over Sharon Prins.
Prediction: 2-0 Suzuki
MARTIJN KLEERMAKER VS PAUL HOGAN
Having come millimetres away from nailing the first nine-darter at the BDO World Championships for 30 years, Paul Hogan will lock horns with one of the BDO’s current elite in Martijn Kleermaker.
Hogan, who is renowned for beating both Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis in successive rounds at the UK Open, will be hoping to lift his illusive maiden major crown come Sunday evening in London.
‘Crocodile Dundee’ narrowly missed double 18 for a nine-dart finish during his second round whitewashing of Adam Smith-Neale, averaging over 97 and pinning a sublime 155 checkout en route to victory.
Hogan’s previous last 16 appearance at the World Championship was against Glen Durrant, with ‘Duzza’ producing a remarkable comeback from the cusp of defeat, handing the Basingstoke man a major below and progressing to win his maiden world title.
The Dudley-born darter has on four occasions reached the last 16 of the BDO World Championship, losing to the eventual champion in three of them.
Kleermaker will be vying to bring to an end Hogan’s run. The Dutchman returns to the stage five days after whitewashing his countryman Gino Vos, whilst clocking a 93.27 average and a 160 outshot in a relatively good second round display.
Prediction: 4-2 Hogan
BDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
THURSDAY JANUARY 9
Corrine Hammond v Laura Turner (R2 women’s)
Jim Williams v Ryan Hogarth (R3)
Aileen de Graaf v Beau Greaves (R2 women’s)
Lisa Ashton v Lorraine Winstanley (R2 women’s)
Dennie Olde Kalter v Mario Vandenbogarde (R3)
Mikuru Suzuki v Anastasia Dobromyslova (R2 women’s)
Martijn Kleermaker v Paul Hogan (R3)
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